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How the World Was Made is a traditional Cherokee creation story. It takes place during a time when animals did many of the things that people can do. When the earth was young, the animals lived on a rock above it, and the earth was covered with water. The animals needed more room, but where could they find it? This book retells the delightful Cherokee tale of how the earth was created, while teaching the valuable lesson that even the smallest creature can make a big difference. Written in both Cherokee and English so readers can become acquainted with the Cherokee syllabary and language.
Author Brad Wagnon is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation. Brad taught Cherokee history, culture, and language at Tahlequah High School for 10 years and has worked for Cherokee Nation Community and Cultural Outreach since June 2015. Illustrator Alex Stephenson is a licensed professional counselor, author, and artist. He has written and illustrated books on friendship, acceptance, anxiety, and treating others compassionately, with the goal of helping children and parents discuss difficult topics in a comfortable way. Brad and Alex are coauthors of The First Fire (2020).